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Betsy Russell, Kevin Greutert, Costas Mandylor, and Cary Elwes Talk Saw 3D



All Hallow’s Eve approaches, and so does the supposed swan song of the Saw series. In what has become a Halloween tradition, the Saw movies have offered a funhouse ride filled with puzzles, contraptions and harsh Old Testament judgment. Made the wrong choices in life? Take something for granted? Bang! Find yourself locked in a steel death trap.

And much like the wisdom of Tommy Udo, Jigsaw wants his victims to roll around and think about it as they’re trapped. But Betsy Russell (who plays Jill Tuck, Jigsaw’s ex-wife) has a different take and feels Jigsaw could very well be the hero. She feels his “message is [of] gratitude and making the right choices.” She goes on to say “[Jigsaw] has an opportunity to say, ‘Ok I know the end of my life is coming. These people don’t necessarily know when it is going to happen, but if they did and the time is now, what choices would they make differently?’

Russell is also a big fan of the Saw fans. She feels they have heart and pay attention to every minute detail as they draw the clues together. This sentiment is shared by Saw 3D director Kevin Greutert and the film heavy Costas Mandylor. They noted that at conventions and on message boards the fans are very vocal, which is something the writers and actors tap directly into. “They get a good sense of what is working and not working,” Greutert goes so far as saying.

Mandylor also added that another part of keeping this series on-course has been Jigsaw himself, Tobin Bell, “[He kept] a standard of not letting the fans down.” Russell agrees, mentioning that working with Tobin pushed her to do her best. Bell would creep down during lunch to talk to her about script rewrites and squeezing in more rehearsal time. She also mentioned that not only is he a great colleague, but he is also a great neighbor: They live near one another in the same small hamlet. (One bit of local gossip: Bell, when coaching his son’s softball team, will occasionally use his Jigsaw voice to motivate the players (all in fun, of course…or so he says.)

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Now, Cary Elwes, returning in his role as Dr. Gordon, has the most to thank the fans for. For years they have campaigned heavily for his character’s return to the series, emailing the studios, writing about it on blogs, etc. He mentions, “The script has a clever way of bringing him back, and [Dr. Gordon’s] appearance book-ends the series nicely.” But when asked if he thought this character had died in the first one, he replied yes. “Anyone who sawed his leg off with a rusty hacksaw is not going to get very far.” But what character is really ever down for the count in sequel-happy Hollyweird anyway? Certainly not Dr. Gordon.

One thing obvious in this last Saw film is that it’s in 3D. Cinema has had many fads to rake in the bucks, but the feeling is 3D might stick this time around. And with the evolution of the process comes new technology and new challenges to the cast and crew. This was the first film shot in Toronto using all new 3D equipment, which required considerable adjustment and even on-the-job training for members of the crew. For the actors 3D just meant a longer set-up time due to specific lighting and calibration needs. They were also asked to vary moments to enhance the dimension of scenes. Mandylor was quite taken with the down time because it allowed him to “hang around the crew and crack jokes.” But was it worth it? Russell says yes. She would watch the film cut live on set and said this 3D yields amazing results and it looks and feels like you are actually in the scene.

For Greutert, shooting using 3D equipment made all the difference in the world. The challenge was to preserve the visual style of the previous Saw installments — hand-held and with lots of close-ups – while at the same time using the wide-angle lenses and compositions that allow the 3D process to work best. Greutert had to also think of scenes differently and block them in the right way to add depth. The studio had considered making Saw VI in 3D but ultimately chose against it. Now, because of the increasing abundance of theaters equipped for 3D, the time has come to unleash torture porn mayhem into the third dimension.

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Did I say torture porn? Greutert feels the Saw films might be fetishistic but are certainly not about one gruesome special effect after another. There is an actual storyline going on, and the ‘torture porn‘ label just cheapens the franchise. “What it is, is a psychological thriller,” he says. He also feels people that call these films torture porn have never seen a Saw film at all. And that may be so because if there is one thing Greutert is, it’s a true fan of the genre. When asked what was the last horror film that left an impression on him, he mentioned Martyrs for it was both brutal and elevated. He is also a huge fan of Herzog’s Nosferatu and Suspiria. The style of the Saw films, he finds, is clearly rooted in Argento and Bava. And if you think back to the needles taped ever so delicately under the eyes of Cristina Marsillach in Opera, he just might be on to something.

Since this is reportedly the last Saw film, why end it here? Greutert claims that there is no way to keep outdoing the previous movies. He would rather go out with a “bang” than allow it to languish and really wanted to tie up all the endings and not have a cliffhanger. My suggestion is take the Saw films to Broadway or maybe grand guignol street performances? Jigsaw on Ice? Nah. Maybe they should just end it here.

But who dies, and what will be left of them? Since alternate endings are always shot, not even Mandylor knows if he’ll be alive or dead. And as Russell added, “Most cast members do not get the last 20 pages,” but she is always lucky enough to be granted that privilege … So is she the one to ask before October 29th?

If Russell won’t spoil it for you, perhaps you can torture it out of Elwes, who gives this final Saw film a truly ringing endorsement: “It’s without a doubt the most graphically violent film I have ever seen in my entire life.” It was so relentless that he found himself laughing hysterically out of sheer anxiety. If that is not a reason to go see it, I don’t know what to tell you. But judge for yourself, fright fiends.

Saw 3D is coming to a theater near you this Friday October, 29th. Are you up for the game?

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Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo Joins True Detective Season 3



“From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

But what about “True Detective” season 3?

Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.


A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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Danielle Harris Tried to Get Jamie Lloyd into New Halloween Movie



One of the top films all of us are looking forward to the most here at Dread Central is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel/reboot thing to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new Halloween (2018) film is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and is all set to be directed by Green this year. Recently we learned that original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be returning to the new film.

Not only that, but Curtis’ classic character Laurie Strode would have a daughter… played by Judy Greer. But what about Danielle Harris?

After all, Harris was the star of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Let alone, she had a starring role in both Rob Zombie’s remake and it’s sequel. So how about the new film?

Turns out Harris tried to get her character Jamie Llyod (aka the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) from Halloween 4 and 5 into the new film… but she was turned down by Blumhouse and the new creative team. That sucks.

Harris was pretty bummed about the whole deal and took to Facebook recently to clear the air. You can check out quotes from her video, along with the video itself, below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know how much you would have liked to see Harris return to Halloween in the comments below or on social media!

“What I am bummed about is… [Laurie] has a daughter,” Harris says. “I was okay with it when she had a son… but they’re saying it’s the last one and… she has a daughter. And it’s not Jamie. It’s just kind of a bummer, I guess. I think somebody had said, it wouldn’t have hurt the movie to have Jamie reunited with [Laurie]. But that didn’t happen.”

“We did put in a call, thought it’d be kinda cool even just to have a little flashback…” She continues. “They were not interested. So. I tried.”

Blumhouse’s Halloween hits theaters October 19, 2018.

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Through the Cracks – Trick or Treat (1986) Review



Starring Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Glen Morgan, Gene Simmons, and Ozzy Osbourne

Directed by Charles Martin Smith

I have been a horror fan for more than half of my life at this point. Meaning I have seen most of the quality horror offerings under the sun. But that said, every once in awhile a classic sneaks past so we wanted to create this “Through the Cracks” review section for such films.

Case in point, I had never seen the Halloween horror flick Trick or Treat until last night. I know, right? How the hell did that happen? But these things do happen and so for everyone that has seen the flick a million times, this will be a review of the movie from a super horror fan that – at the age of 33 – is seeing Trick or Treat for the very first time.

Now let’s get to it.

First off you have to love the movie’s plot. Mixing horror and heavy metal seems like a given, yet preciously few films Frankenstein these two great tastes together.

Like many of you out there, I am a big metal fan as well as a big horror fan. The two seem to go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Or Jason and horny campers.

I dig bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and even those hair metal bands (Dokken forever!) and I’m well aware of the legends surrounding playing these records backward.

Off the top of my head, the only other flick that combines the two to this degree is the (relatively) recent horror-comedy Deathgasm. I say more horror-metal flicks! Or should we call it Metal-Horror? Yeah, that’s a much more metal title.

It only makes sense that someone, somewhere would take the idea of “What if Ozzy Osbourne really was evil and came back from the dead (you know, if he had passed away during his heyday) to torment a loner fan?” Great premise for a movie!

And Trick or Treat delivers on the promise of this premise in spades. Sammi Curr is an epic hybrid of the best of the best metal frontmen and his resurrection via speaker is one of the great horror birthing scenes I have seen in all my years.

Add to that the film feels like a lost entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. More specifically the film feels like it would fit snugly in between two of my favorite entries in that series, Dream Warriors and The Dream Master.

This movie is 80’s as all f*ck and I loved every minute of it.

And speaking of how this film brought other minor classics to the forefront of my brain, let’s talk about the film’s central villain, Sammi Curr. This guy looks like he could share an epic horror band with the likes of Mary Lou from Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II and the Drill Killer rocker from Slumber Party Massacre Part II.

Picture that band for a moment and tell me they aren’t currently playing the most epic set in Hell as we speak. I say let’s see an Avengers-style series of films based on these minor horror icons sharing the stage and touring the country’s high school proms!

In the end Trick or Treat has more than it’s fair share of issues. Sammi Curr doesn’t enter the film until much too late and is dispatched way too easily. Water? Really? That’s it?

That said, the film is still a blast as director Charles Martin Smith keeps the movie rocking like an 80’s music video with highlights being Sammi’s rock show massacre at the prom and his final assault on our hero teens in the family bathroom.

Rockstar lighting for days.

Even though the film has issues (zero blood, a rushed ending) none of that mattered much to this horror hound as the film was filled to the brim with striking horror/metal imagery and a killer soundtrack via Fastway and composer Christopher Young.

Plus you’ve got to love the cameos by Gene Simmons (boy, his character just dropped right out of the movie, huh?) and Ozzy Osbourne as a mad-as-hell Preacher that isn’t going to take any more of this devil music. P.S. Watch for the post-credits tag.

More than a few of my closest horror buddies have this film placed high on their annual Halloween must-watch lists. And after (finally) viewing the film for myself, I think I just may have to add the film to mine as well. Preferably on VHS.

Trick or Treat is an 80’s horror classic. If you dig films like Popcornand if you put the film off like I did, remedy that tonight and slap a copy in the old VHS/DVD player.

Just don’t play it backward… God knows what could happen.

All said and done, I enjoyed the hell out of my first viewing of Trick or Treat. But what do YOU think of the film? Make sure to hit us up and let us know below or on social media!

Now bring on Trick or Treat 2: The Prom Band from Hell, featuring Sammi Curr, Mary Lou Maloney, and Atanas Ilitch’s Driller Killer from Slumber Party Massacre Part II!

  • Trick or Treat (1986) 3.5


Charles Martin Smith’s Trick or Treat is a sure-fire Halloween treat for fans of 80’s horror flicks, as well as fans of heavy metal music.

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